What Types of Injuries Often Occur After Commercial Truck Accidents?
Anyone who has driven in Florida probably has seen several semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles hauling their loads on our state’s interstates and highways. Semi-trucks, also called “tractor trailers” and “18-wheelers,” are a necessary part of the United States’ economy. In addition, specialized vehicles such as tanker trucks and dump trucks are often the only practical way to get certain materials to their intended destinations.
While undoubtedly necessary, these vehicles also pose a significant risk of injury to other people using the roads. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates1 that accidents involving large trucks injured 104,000 people in 2012 alone. In many cases, the injuries that people sustain in truck accidents can be extremely serious and may result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses. In addition, people who sustain truck accident injuries are often unable to work for an extended period of time and may even develop chronic conditions or disabilities that necessitate long-term in-home medical care. Fortunately for victims, Florida law2 often allows victims of truck accidents to recover for these and other losses that they sustain by filing a personal injury claim. For many victims, obtaining financial compensation for their injuries is necessary in order to meet the cost of their medical treatment or even their basic financial needs. While recovering compensation after a truck accident cannot change the past, it can certainly help victims and their families obtain peace of mind, financial security, and a sense of justice.
Truck accidents can cause a wide range of injuries
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety3 (IIHS), large trucks can weigh as much as 20 to 30 times as much as smaller passenger vehicles. As a result, they are capable of causing extremely serious injuries when they are involved in accidents. NHTSA reports4 that 73 percent of the injuries that are sustained in truck accidents were sustained by the occupants of other vehicles. Some of the more common injuries that truck accident victims often sustain are detailed below.
Traumatic brain injuries – Traumatic brain injuries, also called TBIs, occur when head trauma causes a disruption in normal brain function. While many TBIs are mild and self-resolving, they have the potential to be serious and have a significant impact on a person’s daily life. In particularly serious cases, a TBI can result in serious disabilities that can keep a person from working or being able to live independently.
Spinal cord injuries – Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) occur when there is physical injury to the spinal cord. The spinal cord is the bundle of nerves that is responsible for transmitting signals between the brain and the rest of the body. As a result, any damage to it can result in extremely serious consequences, including changes in sensation, muscle weakness, loss of mobility, and even paralysis.
Broken bones – Bone fractures are a common outcome of serious truck accidents. Broken bones can be extremely painful and leave victims with unsightly scarring. Additionally, victims may lose a significant amount of income due to being unable to work.
Soft-tissue injuries – Soft-tissue injuries include bruises, cuts, sprains, muscle tears, and other injuries to the body’s soft tissues, such as tendons and ligaments. These injuries can be extremely painful and may result in long-term medical complications.
Contact a Clearwater, Florida truck accident lawyer today to schedule a free consultation
People who are injured in Clearwater truck accidents are often entitled to significant compensation. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping people injured in truck accidents recover for their injuries and other losses. Among the types of damages that are often available in a Florida truck accident case include physical and emotional injuries, lost income, loss of earning capacity, and future medical expenses, among others. We handle all of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that we do not collect any legal fees unless we successfully recover on your behalf. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Clearwater truck accident attorneys, call the Dolman Law Group today at (727) 451-6900.
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